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DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 23, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Bob Devaney Sports Center (13,595) -- Lincoln, Nebraska. Television: ESPN2. Home Record: Iowa 13-2, Nebraska 9-7. Away Record: Iowa 2-6, Nebraska 2-7. Neutral Record: Iowa 2-1, Nebraska 1-0. Conference Record: Iowa 6-7, Nebraska 3-10. Series Record: Iowa leads, 13-8.
GAME NOTES: The Iowa Hawkeyes put their three-game winning streak on the line as they visit the Bob Devaney Sports Center for a Big Ten Conference bout against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
This game was originally scheduled for Thursday, but moved due to inclement weather.
Iowa's three-game winning streak in conference action is its first since the 2007 campaign. Roy Devyn Marble has been on fire as of late with 19.3 ppg over the span of the winning streak that has lifted Iowa to a 17-9 overall record including its 6-7 mark in Big Ten action. Aaron White is a solid second option for Fran McCaffery's squad offensively with 13.4 ppg which he accompanies with a team-best 5.8 boards per tilt. Iowa coasted to a 72-51 victory over Minnesota on Sunday in its most recent action.
Nebraska remains at home after being defeated, 73-64, by Michigan State on Sunday. The loss to the Spartans marked the fourth loss in five games for the Cornhuskers, who enter two games below the .500 mark overall and with a dismal 3-10 standing in Big Ten play. Dylan Talley is the leader of coach Tim Miles's team with 13.8 points and 2.3 assists per game.
Iowa holds a 13-8 edge in its all-time series with Nebraska in a rivalry that begin in 1907. The Hawkeyes have won nine of the last 13 games. These schools will square off in Iowa City on March 9 to conclude the regular season.
Devyn Marble and White netted 15 points apiece for Iowa in its easy win over the Golden Gophers while Mike Gesell got into the mix with 11 points and four steals. Eric May and Zach McCabe provided 10 points and two steals each off the bench while the Hawkeyes limited the Golden Gophers to 36.2 percent shooting from the field. Iowa is one of the top offensive units in the conference with an average of 72.2 ppg, but it just ninth in the league in scoring defense with 63.7 points allowed per tilt.
Nebraska came up short as it tried to upset Michigan State as Ray Gallegos went 0-of-13 from the field to produce just a single point. Talley poured in 28 points and he received some help from Shavon Shields, who produced a double-double of 19 points and 13 boards. The team struggled as a whole, however, as it went 22-of-62 from the field (35.5 percent) and let the Spartans connect on 51.1 percent of their shots from the floor. MSU also held a major, 41-23 advantage in the rebounding battle and outscored the Cornhuskers, 23-12, at the free-throw line. Nebraska has the lowest scoring offense in the league with a mere 58.8 ppg average and it is only the eighth best unit defensively with 62.8 points allowed per contest.
Iowa is on a mission to make its resume more attractive to the NCAA selection committee before the regular season concludes. The Hawkeyes can not afford a loss to the struggling Cornhuskers. With Devyn Marble and White both playing well, it will be nearly impossible for Nebraska to keep Iowa at bay.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Iowa 71, Nebraska 63
02/23 10:37:48 ET
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